Today's Washington Post has a very sad article about rising hunger in America. In 2008, 14.6% of households experienced low or very low "food security." The government no longer calls it "hunger."
From the article:
"Among Americans of all ages, more than 16 percent -- or 49 million people -- sometimes ran short of nutritious food, compared with about 12 percent the year before. The deterioration in access to food during 2008 among both children and adults far eclipses that of any other single year in the report's history."
I imagine 2009 data will be even worse.